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Match Preview: Brentford vs Barnsley

All the info ahead of tonight's season finale at Griffin Park

22 July 2020

The automatic promotion race in the Sky Bet Championship comes down to the final evening with West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, and ourselves all gunning for second place. Bettering The Baggies result against QPR and matching Fulham's result at Wigan Athletic will be enough to ensure top flight football returns. Below you will find all the info ahead of our visit from Barnsley, who need the points themselves as they look to beat the drop.

THE OPPOSITION

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Events off the field involving Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday have only muddied the relegation waters in recent weeks but Barnsley know that, in all likelihood, only a win tonight will see them compete in the second tier next term.

Sunday's dramatic late victory over Nottingham Forest left The Tykes two points from safety and continued their fine recent run. Including their final five matches pre-lockdown, Gerhard Struber's men have taken 21 points from the last 39 available, recording wins over Fulham, QPR, Blackburn Rovers, and Forest along the way. 

That form is a far cry from their 18-game winless run which followed an opening day victory over Fulham. Daniel Stendel paid with his job in the midst of that slump with Austrian coach Struber picking up the reins in November. 

A lack of cutting edge has been The Tykes downfall this campaign. Only the current top three average more shots per game but only Middlesbrough have scored fewer than Barnsley's 47 league goals. Cauley Woodrow (14) and Connor Chaplin (11), pictured above, have more than half those goals with centre-back Aapo Halme third on their scoring charts with four. 

THE MANAGER

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A midfielder, Struber spent the majority of his playing career with SV Austria Salzburg winning the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Super Cup during the 1996-97 season. In 2001, Struber departed SV and spent seven years playing for clubs in Austria's top two tiers before returning to Salzburg and retiring in 2008. 

After working in IT and insurance, while coaching Academy and lower league teams, Struber quit his job to focus on coaching in 2014. He continued to work within the RB Salzburg academy until he took charge of FC Liefering in 2017. He spent 18 months with the second-tier side before joining Wolfsburger AC last July. However, after 21 matches he swapped the Europa League side for Barnsley in November. 

TEAM NEWS

Thomas gave the squad a clean bill of health during yesterday's pre-match press conference. 

For Barnsley, Elliot Simoes has missed their last two games while Malik Wilks made his loan move to Hull permanent earlier this month. 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 BBC Yorkshire's Rob Staton previews tonight's game

⚖ Robert Jones will be the man in charge

THOMAS FRANK PRESS CONFERENCE 

LAST TIME OUT 

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tonight's game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports as well as on iFollow for Season Ticket Holders and Match Ticket Purchasers.

Any Season Ticket Holders or Match Ticket Purchasers who haven't received an email with their iFollow code should email enquiries@brentfordfc.com as soon as possible.

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Match Passes are also available for the game against North End.

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Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Barnsley 2

Your Brentford v Barnsley match report, powered by Utilita

22 July 2020

Brentford missed the chance to clinch automatic promotion from the Sky Bet Championship as they were beaten by Barnsley at Griffin Park. The Bees were second best in the first half and trailed at the interval but looked as if they would come back to get a win that would give them second place when Josh Dasilva equalised inside the final 20 minutes. But with both teams pushing for the winner, Barnsley grabbed the crucial goal to send Brentford in to the Play-Offs.

There was all to play for at Griffin Park with Brentford seeking a top two spot at Barnsley looking to avoid relegation from the second tier. If The Bees bettered the result of West Bromwich Albion, they would climb in to the top two, unless neither won and Fulham did at Wigan Athletic. In the end, none of the teams chasing the second automatic promotion spot won so West Brom will be in the Premier League next season while The Bees and Fulham will try again.

The win does mean that Barnsley stay up and it was a victory they deserved. They were brilliant without the ball and showed clever attacking instinct when they got it. Brentford were below par and only showed glimpses of the form that took them in to the top three. When Dasilva scored, The Bees looked like they would get over the line, but it wasn’t to be and the very lengthy 2019/20 season will continue.

Brentford had the first sight of goal when Emiliano Marcondes intercepted a loose pass, ran from deep and pulled a shot wide from 20 yards. That was, however, a rare Brentford attack in the opening exchanges. The visitors came with an attacking mindset, they had their players high up the pitch, disrupted any patterns of play Brentford tried to establish and looked potent when they had the ball.

Barnsley started the match with three central defenders and their wing backs pushed on. Luke Thomas played just behind their strikers, adding support to the midfield both with and without the ball. The visitors stopped Brentford getting the ball in to attacking areas and created chances of their own. They could have been ahead after a fine first quarter of the contest.

Thomas tested David Raya will a drilled cross-cum-shot early on, with the Brentford goalkeeper palming the effort down and calling on his defenders to clear, before Alex Mowatt, who dominated the midfield in the early stages, lashed over the bar. Thomas had a shot blocked after a turn on the edge of the penalty area and Mads Andersen headed over when well-placed soon after. Thomas had another header blocked as Barnsley made incursions on the left side.

The visitors were definitely in charge of the game in the first half hour, but Brentford almost created something out of nothing. Ollie Watkins got away on the left and, after biding his time, worked the ball inside to Saïd Benrahma, the low shot was well saved by Jack Walton and Marcondes was unable to put the loose ball in. That would have been a goal very much against the run of play and by the time Barnsley got themselves ahead just before half time, they deserved it.

The goal came after a sustained spell of pressure from the visitors. Conor Chaplin headed a corner wide and Christian Nørgaard was then robbed as Brentford tried to play out. Thomas had a shot blocked and the ball ricochet around before hitting Ethan Pinnock’s hand. Referee Robert Jones waved away appeals but Barnsley scored seconds later. A cross came in from the right that Pontus Jansson could only head half away on the stretch, Callum Styles stepped on to it and drilled it first time on the half volley past Raya and in to the net.

That lead should only have lasted four minutes. Brentford, for the first time, were able to put together a series of passes in midfield and worked some space on the left, Rico Henry cut the ball back and it reached Bryan Mbeumo on the far side, his low shot looked in but Walton went full stretch to his left and pushed the ball on to the post and out. That ensured Barnsley took a deserved lead in to half time and left The Bees with it all to do in the second period.

But the pattern of the game did not really change after the break. The visitors perhaps sat a fraction deeper, but they continued to have a positive outlook and had the better of the chances. A great from deep by Thomas set up a shooting chance for Jacob Brown but Pinnock made a brilliant block. A few moments later when Marcel Ritzmaier made progress on to the penalty area there was another challenge by Pinnock, this time it was a little untidy, but Mr Jones decided no foul had been committed.

There was another great tackle by Jansson when Barnsley broke quickly and it looked like Brown may be in. That came just after Henrik Dalsgaard had burst down the right and set up a shooting chance for Benrahma, but his effort was blocked. And that was a sign of what was to come in a frantic finish. Brentford rang the changes as they chased the win and pressed on.

Pinnock headed a free kick over for The Bees and Dasilva shot wide after a nice turn and by the time Brentford equalised with 17 minutes remaining, they had attacking players all over the pitch. The goal was created by Benrahma. He set off on a run from front to back that took him more than 50 yards and he laid the ball off to Tariqe Fosu, but his shot was blocked. The ball broke to Dasilva, he stepped away from a defender and bent a shot past Walton and in to the net.

At that stage, West Brom were drawing with Queens Park Rangers and Fulham were also level at Wigan. Brentford knew one goal would send them up and, as it turned out, the other results remained the same so a winner would have been enough. And there were chances. Ollie Watkins sliced a shot wide when Benrahma found him at the back post and the striker then weaved his way in to the box before cutting the ball back but Fosu couldn’t finish.

It was end-to-end stuff at the death with both teams putting attacking players on to the pitch. Jansson made a superb tackle to prevent Michael Sollbauer getting on to a Mowatt cross and Raya got down well to save from Styles. And when the crucial goal came, Barnsley got it. The won a second ball in Brentford territory, Patrick Schmidt delivered from the right and Clarke Odour poked in from close range. There was a suspicion of offside, but Barnsley had bodies in attacking positions and got their rewards.

That gave Brentford six minutes to score twice and the odds were against them. Dalsgaard saw a header deflect wide before Watkins had a shot blocked. The ball broke back to Sergi Canós and his effort fizzed just wide. There was still time for a Canós cross to reach Watkins, but he couldn’t turn it in, and Brentford’s last chance had gone.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock (sub Fosu 70 mins), Henry (sub Jensen 60 mins); Marcondes (sub Canós 70 mins), Nørgaard, Dasilva; Mbeumo (sub Baptiste 86 mins), Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Roerslev, Jeanvier, Valencia, Dervişoğlu

Bookings: Nørgaard (79 mins) (ninth of season), Jansson (85 mins) (fifth of season), Fosu (88 mins) (third of season)

Barnsley: Walton; Sollbauer, Andersen, J. Williams; Ludewig (sub Schmidt 89 mins), Mowatt, Ritzmaier (sub Odour 86 mins), Styles; Thomas (sub Simões 56 mins); Brown, Chaplin (sub Woodrow 86 mins)

Subs (not used): Collins, B. Williams, Bähre, Halme, Wolfe

Bookings: Williams (55 mins), Sollbauer (75 mins), Odour (90 mins)

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Ticket News

Barnsley tickets on sale to Members with 750+ TAPs

Our final fixture at Griffin Park takes place on Saturday 2 May

10 March 2020

Griffin Park has been our home since 1904 and our game against Barnsley on Saturday 2 May (12.30pm) will be the final time we walk out onto our iconic old ground. Club Members with 750+ TAPs are now able to purchase their own ticket for this fixture. Log in to your ticketing account to purchase your tickets. These tickets are sold subject to availability so don’t miss out, buy yours now.

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Please note, membership status and TAPs are counted as of the relevant on-sale dates (prior to today for this window). You must have bought your membership and have enough TAPs before the relevant on-sale date in order to buy in the matching priority window. Club Memberships are now off sale.

A limited amount of additional tickets are likely to become available at a later date once we have a clearer understanding of the requirements we need to fulfil for various parties, including, but not limited to, the EFL and Brentford FC partners, the opposition club, players and broadcasters.  When all tickets are sold, we will update supporters as soon as possible about any potential further availability. We will also outline who will be first in line to buy those tickets, but fans should note that Club Members will have priority for this game and TAPs will be used to determine who can buy when. We expect to have more information on any additional tickets for sale by mid-April, but it may be that no further tickets, including via the Ticket Exchange, will go on sale until a week before the match.

ON SALE DATES

  • Club Members with 900+ Ticket Access Points: Tuesday 18 February, 4pm (one per member)
    Please note: Members need to login to their ticketing account to get their membership discount and priority access. Read more here. Members are now able to upload their own Match Ticket to their Brentford Card and additional tickets will be issued as ‘Print at Home’. Read more here.

Tickets will not be available from Tuesday 3 March at 4pm to Tuesday 10 March at 4pm.

  • Club Members with 750+ TAPs: Tuesday 10 March, 4pm (one per member - subject to availability)

Tickets will not be available from Tuesday 24 March at 4pm to Tuesday 31 March at 4pm. 

  • All Members: Tuesday 31 March, 4pm (one per member- subject to availability)

A limited amount of additional tickets are likely to become available at a later date once we have a clearer understanding of the requirements we need to fulfil for various parties, including, but not limited to, the EFL and Brentford FC partners, the opposition club and players. As such, further sales information will follow in due course.

When all tickets are sold, we will update supporters as soon as possible about any potential further availability. We expect to have more information on any additional tickets for sale by mid-April but it may be that no further tickets, including via the Ticket Exchange, will go on sale until a week before the match. 

Please note, you must have bought your membership before the relevant on-sale date in order to buy in the matching priority window. If you purchased your membership after the relevant on-sale date, you will be moved into the next window. 

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

Only TAPs earned before the on-sale date will be counted to identify the above priority access windows. TAPs are allocated once the game has been played. You can see your TAP by logging in to your ticketing account here.

ADVANCED PRICES

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)
25 19 17 8
Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)
30 24 22
New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
25 19 17
New Road Stand
(All other blocks)
30 24 22
Ealing Road Terrace 25 19 17

All prices exclude booking fees:

  • No booking fees for online purchases at tickets.brentfordfc.com
  • No booking fees apply when buying in person from the Ticket Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket), plus a £1 postage fee when booking over the phone

HOW TO BUY TICKETS

  • Online - 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Save on fees.
  • In person from the Ticket Office
    • Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
    • The Box Office will be closed to supporters attending in person Monday-Wednesday when there is no midweek fixture
    • Full opening times can be seen here
  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
  • Disabled fans by phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

If you are buying from overseas - tickets will not be sent in the post. You need to choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

MATCHDAY INFO

Supporters with Junior, Young Person and Senior tickets are reminded to bring ID to the stadium in the event of being asked for proof of age when entering the ground. Ages are as follows:

  • Juniors – under 18 (as of the 1 August)
  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Where a Season Ticket Holder forgets their Brentford Card they will be required to pay a £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Ticket Office. Valid ID must be shown and admin cost of £10 applies.

Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP are required to purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or Junior), the carer will receive a complimentary ticket.

CUSTOMER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to availability and Terms and Conditions of issue apply. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations.

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